Bishop Ian Ramsay


We have a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have taught all phonemes and graphemes as outlined in the Letters and Sounds Document and that the skills of blending and segmenting have been taught alongside this. This is to ensure all pupils are able to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using their phonic knowledge. The children are taught to understand that the graphemes on the page represent the sounds in spoken words and this will underpin their reading and spelling of all words. This also includes common words containing unusual GPCs. Above all we aim to establish a reading culture in school. Children will hear, share and discuss a wide range of high-quality books to develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary. Being able to confidently read gives children confidence to access arrange of books and text independently which, in turn, broadens their horizons and helps them to achieve our Christian vision to ‘shine as a light in the world’ (Philippians 2: 14-15).

Please see below the image for our Phonics vision statement, our long term plan and our progression of skills document.







Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY.